About SJBenen Advisory, LLC

SJBenen Advisory, LLC is a Registered Investment Adviser firm, established in 2016, located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  We are committed to upholding the highest standards of ethical conduct and acting as a fiduciary to serve the best interests of our clients above all else.


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About Sam Benen


I have been in the investing business since graduating from Princeton in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in economics.  I got my start in financial markets right out of college working as a trading assistant at Susquehanna International Group, participating in arbitrage strategies in options and ETFs.  I worked for nearly 4 years as a trader at a hedge fund in Greenwich, Connecticut called Paloma Partners, where I worked for one of their internal groups called Xaraf Management.  At Xaraf we traded in a wide range of derivatives markets, ranging from bonds to stocks to currencies.  I worked for nearly 5 years as a portfolio manager at Talpion, a family office in New York City.  My focus there was trying to generate absolute return in all market environments, meaning I tried to make returns whether the market was up or down by finding niche pockets of financial markets where I had an edge.


I was a top-ranked chess player in the nation growing up, winning 7 individual national chess championships between the ages of 8 and 18.  I am an ever-aspiring dilettante at all kinds of strategic games like Scrabble, Boggle, gin rummy, poker, and my favorite of them all, golf.  I am originally from New York City and now live with my wife in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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